KC Pummill, producer of the Northwest Arkansas Boutique Show, grew up in Fayetteville, graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in journalism/advertising and public relations, spent time with major ad agencies in Dallas and Kansas City and married his high school sweetheart. , John Pummill, in 1997.
“In 1998 we temporarily moved back to Northwest Arkansas, back to Dallas in 2000 where we had our first two children, then back to Northwest Arkansas in 2003. I was busy having our third baby in 2005 and started the Boutique Show in 2006!”
With the show coming up November 18-19 at the Rogers Convention Center, Pummill took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for What’s Up!
Q. Are you a maker or collector of what other crafters do?
A. I was originally a manufacturer of bespoke children’s clothing and had my own booth at the show for several years. But, ultimately, I decided to close the doors of Cotton Hill Designs and focus exclusively on producing the NWA Boutique Show.
Q. What inspired the idea for the Boutique Show? What year did you start? Did you skip years for covid?
A. During my years in Dallas and Kansas City, I was a member of the Junior League and had the privilege of helping with large holiday market fundraisers in each city. I absolutely loved it! We returned to northwest Arkansas in 2003 and even though [the region] had well established “craft fairs”, we lacked the gift market sector. So in 2006 we held our first NWA Boutique Show. Sixteen consecutive years later, we are still going strong!
During the worst years of covid, we worked hand in hand with the Arkansas Department of Health. They were absolutely amazing and guided us through every step of the process to safely organize our 2020 and 2021 events.
Q. When and where will the show take place? How many sellers are you expecting? Talk a bit about what kind of sellers they are?
A. Our 16th annual event will be held at the Rogers Convention Center, adjacent to the Embassy Suites. We will have 183 merchants from across the country under one roof, although 90% will be local. The cabins range from interior decoration [to] clothing, jewelry, party supplies, food, children’s items, gifts, art, etc. There is something for every taste !
Q. Will there be food, entertainment, other activities?
A. Yes! We will have food trucks outside at the main entrance so shoppers can grab a coffee or cold drink before entering. Inside, we will welcome a dozen gourmet merchants and our concessions will be open all weekend in the foyer. We offer cash bars at our VIP and Girls Night Out events. The Rachel B Band will be performing live jazz at our VIP event.
Q. Looking back on years of doing this, what items stand out in your memory as the coolest buys?
A. I’m a sucker for a big candle. I always leave with a load for the holidays. I tend to buy consumables. But one gift that stuck was my mini tabletop fire pit from Silver Maple Market. I also love a handmade chunky knit blanket and unique handcrafted jewelry.
Q. What sets the Boutique Show apart from any other similar show?
A. We have the largest collection of shops under one roof. It would literally take weeks to get to all the different stores and merchants, and we’ve collected and organized them for shoppers in one place. Our booths are vetted before being accepted and bring something unique and creative to Northwest Arkansas.
Q. Are there plans to do the show more than once a year?
A. We held spring shows in the early years. We may come back to it at some point.